South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records (FamilySearch Historical Records)
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Title in the Language of the Record
Suid-Afrika, Vrystaat Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk Rekords
This collection will include records from 1848 to 1956.
Index and images of christenings, marriages and memberships.
The Dutch Reform Church records have been maintained in good condition. Records are found in different registration formats, most written in Dutch and others in Afrikaans and English.
From 1652 to 1862, all church records are in the Dutch Reformed Church's Cape Archives. From 1862 to the present, records are in individual churches and the church's provincial archives. From 1632 to 1780, this was the only established church, and it recorded other denominational baptisms. Forty-three percent of the white population are members of the Dutch Reformed Church.
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- "South Africa, Free State Dutch Reformed Church Records, 1848-1956" Index and Images. FamilySearch. http://FamilySearch.org : accessed 2013. Citing Nederduitse Gereformeerde Kerk Sinodale Sentrum, Bloemfontein.